The Bachelor's Victoria Larson Responds To Claims That She Is A Bully

Victoria Larson has found herself in deep water since making her Bachelor debut. She originally turned heads during her entrance, which involved being carried on a regal-looking chair by members of the show's crew. Upon meeting Bachelor Matt James, she said, "I'm Victoria like the queen and I'm looking for a king with a good heart." Victoria has continued her act throughout her time on The Bachelor, using her queenly facade to assert her dominance over her castle, er, resort.

Victoria's time on the reality dating show has been defined by the harsh words she has shared to fellow contestants' faces and behind their backs. The first time she proved that the queen gets what she wants is when she persuaded Matt to send home contestant Marylynn Sienna after warning him that she was "toxic" without giving much supporting evidence, per People

She then took aim at Sarah Trott and continued to make disparaging remarks about her even after she removed herself from the competition, per Heavy. She let her claws come out once again during the Jan. 25, 2021, episode of The Bachelor when she removed newcomer Catalina Morales' crown from her head and placed it on her own to show she was the true queen of Matt's kingdom.  

Due to her ongoing antics, Victoria has been accused of being a "bully" who needs a "reality check." Following the crown-removing drama, Victoria has spoken out against the bully claims. Here is what she has to say.

Victoria Larson says she has 'a good heart'

In a Jan. 26, 2021, interview with Good Morning America, Victoria Larson put her foot down against claims that she is the villian of Matt James' season of The Bachelor. "They knew me and knew my heart and knew that I really never had ill intent. So I think they hit differently, just because they know me," Larson said of how her remarks were received by fellow contestants. "It was all in good fun. If my words or actions hurt anyone, like I sincerely apologize and I'll do better and hold myself accountable. I'm not a bully, I'm really not," she added. She also said she became friends with some of her fellow contestants, despite often using belittling words to describe them as a whole.

Additionally, Victoria addressed the fact that her arrest history was dug up and circulated on the internet. The New York native was arrested in 2012 "for reportedly [trying] to steal more than 25 items" from a Publix grocery store in Florida, according to Page Six. While the report doesn't look great, Victoria said she is relieved her secret is out. "When initially the story broke, I called my dad of course, and he's like, 'How do you feel?' And I'm like, 'I feel liberated, like everything's exposed," she explained.

In the end, she urged viewers to keep an open mind about her and look past the drama. "I really do have a good heart," she said.